Angolan colobus

At the Cincinnati Zoo.

Angolan colobus monkeys (Colobus angolensis) are adapted for a life in the trees. They are great leapers, able to cover more than 30 feet at a time to get from tree to tree. Having no thumbs, an oddity among primates, allows them to shape their fingers into a swinging hook.


  • Pronunciation: KAHL-uh-bus
  • Where to see them: Eastern Africa
  • Length: 1.2 to 2.2 ft
  • Weight: 13 to 25 lbs
  • Lifespan: 20 to 30 yrs
  • Habitat: Forest and savannah
  • Diet: Leaves, fruit, and seeds
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